Are Mormons Christians? - Part II
I've was having a discussion with a Mormon in the comments section of a previous post titled Are Mormons Christians? I've decided that instead of continuing writing in the comments, I'd instead write new posts. As the discussion is covering several topics, this will make it easier to discuss each topic.
I will update this post to provide links to the addition posts related to this original post. If you are a Mormon reading any of these posts, please give us a correction if you notice anything that is not correct. All of my information comes from Mormon scripture, books the LDS church uses for teaching, and the writings and proclamations of Mormon prophets. I will identify my sources so they can be verified.
My main purpose in discussing this topic is so that those who are seeking God will know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is not a church in which they will find God. You will find many good people (based on earthly standards), you will find a god (small "g"), you will find obedience, you will find family... but you will not find the true Jesus Christ, the God who created the universe. And without Jesus Christ you have nothing.
Links To Additional Posts
Do Mormons Believe The Bible?
James 1:5 & 6
I'm Good Enough
In looking to learn more about the Mormon faith I was reading a book called "The Mormon Faith - A New Look At Christianity." From the title you can see that the writer considers Mormons to be Christians. But in the first paragraph of the book he reveals that Mormons do not believe what Christians believe. It states:
"They [Mormons] believe there is purpose in life, and that happiness is the object of our existence and the product of a well-lived life." (page 1, paragraph 1)
Notice the for Mormons the purpose of life is focused on themselves. It is all about people... people being happy. That is a sign of a cult*. Cults are focused on people. With Christianity the focus is ALWAYS on God.
What is our purpose in life? Why are we here? The gives us the answer. Our purpose is to glorify God. It is all about God, not about us. Here is why God created us:
"whom I created for my glory" - Isaiah 43:7
I wonder whether Christians who were physically tortured because of their faith would agree that their purpose was to be happy. On the contrary, when we are not happy and still praise God, that is when God is glorified. Read the Psalms. There are many times when David was not happy at all... but he still praised God.
In addition to glorifying God our purpose is to enjoy God and for God to rejoice in us. But, nowhere in the Bible does it say that our purpose is to be happy, as the LDS church teaches.
*Cults are generally focused on people. That is typically seen in doctrines that put the focus on people instead of God. An example is the LDS church saying that the purpose of life is for us to be happy. This focus on people is also seen in the need of works (good deeds) as a part of "salvation" or in order to reach the best heaven. The Bible teaches that it (everything) is all about God. God created us to glorify Himself. God saves us by His grace alone, and there is nothing we can do to earn any merit. It's about God, not us.